clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Bengals Bytes (12/22): Return on the mind

Andrew Whitworth wants to be back in Cincinnati next season. Another one of Terrelle Pryor’s ex-Ohio State teammates criticizes him. Mike Shannahan has some interesting advice for teams looking to make him their head coach.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Cincinnati Bengals v New York Jets Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Bengals notes: Ogbuehi supports high draft picks sitting

Bengals notes on Cedric Ogbuehi, who tore his ACL in a bowl game, weighing in on high draft picks sitting out theirs, plus, a roster move on special teams and Randy Bullock returns home.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton credits Katy background for success

For prolific Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, his background at Katy High School was the launching pad for him becoming an eventual two-time Pro Bowl passer.

Matchup of the Game: mind over matter for Fisher

Fisher is coming off last week’s first NFL start against the Steelers more confident than at any point in his two-year career. It doesn’t hurt that offensive line coach Paul Alexander says if he keeps playing like this he’ll win the starting right tackle job that has been passed around this season like a John Podesta e-mail. In fact, and this is indeed high praise, he also said Fisher played better against Pittsburgh than any of his right tackles “in recent memory.”

Slants: Tez in concussion protocol; At guard or tackle. Whit thinks he'll be back in '17

Since it’s a short week with a Saturday night game in Houston (8:25-Cincinnati’s Channel 12 and NFL Network) Wednesday is the lone full-scale practice of the week and there were some interesting absences, starting with WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict and starting left guard Clint Boling. Six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green was on the field after being limited all last week and he was limited again, which isn’t a great sign.

Tez, Boling don't work early

Since it’s a short week with a Saturday night game in Houston (8:25-Cincinnati’s Channel 12 and NFL Network) Wednesday is the lone full-scale practice of the week and there were some interesting absences, starting with WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict and starting left guard Clint Boling.

Vontaze Burfict self-reports concussion, unlikely to play Texans

When Vontaze Burfict went helmet-to-helmet in the hole with Pittsburgh guard David DeCastro in the second quarter Sunday, the collision was as violent as any you’ll see this year. Both were down and Burfict needed to be helped off the field, before pushing team doctors off of him as he walked the final quarter of the field on his own power. He eventually went to the locker room with the thought that he wouldn’t return, given the ferocity of the hit.

Andrew Whitworth: 'I want to be back'

With the finality of 2016 staring the Cincinnati Bengals in the face, with no playoffs to look forward to, conversations invariably turn toward the future. The team has 14 unrestricted free agents on the team, including left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Bengals vs. Texans Week 16 Predictions

Enquirer beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski make their Week 16 predictions as the Bengals travel to Houston to face the Texans. Sam Greene/The Enquirer

Bengals could try Andrew Whitworth at guard for final two games of the season

The Cincinnati Bengals have two weeks remaining in their season, but in some ways, they’re already looking to the future. First thing on the agenda: What are they going to do about their offensive line? Both guard Kevin Zeitler and left tackle Andrew Whitworth, the two best players on the Bengals’ offensive line, are scheduled to become free agents in the offseason.

AFC North Bytes

Roethlisberger reveals what he and Burfict discussed on field Sunday and takes LB to task

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict got called for a personal foul in Sunday's loss to the Steelers for taking down Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just after he had handed the ball off on a reverse, and the two had a brief discussion afterward that apparently left Burfict speechless.

Brian Hartline Comments on Terrelle Pryor's Potential Extension with Browns

The Cleveland Browns don't have much to be excited about considering their 0-14 record. However, it looks as though they have a wide receiver in Terrelle Pryor who is developing into a solid pass-catcher. Pryor's Browns and former Ohio State Buckeyes teammate, wide receiver Brian Hartline, wants you to pump the brakes on that notion, though.

Steve Smith the elf on Ravens-Steelers: 'It's a great divorce'

Sporting an elf costume to his media session on Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. doesn't think the Christmas Day showdown with the rival Pittsburgh Steelers necessarily represents the spirit of the holiday.

Random Bytes

Odell Beckham Jr. Says He Was Fined for Wearing Cleats Dedicated to Craig Sager

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he was fined $18,000 by the NFL for wearing cleats dedicated to the late NBA analyst Craig Sager, who died on Dec. 15. Beckham revealed the fine for the cleats he wore during the Giants' Week 15 matchup against the Detroit Lions in a reply to an Instagram post from Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson:

Mike Shanahan on coaching: Smarter to hire my son than me

A recent report that the 49ers were planning to shake up their football operations by taking some power away from CEO Jed York was shot down by the team, but it did raise the possibility of Mike Shanahan moving into a role in that part of a franchise rather than returning as a head coach.

Joe Thomas takes credit for Pro Bowl dodgeball idea

With 10 straight Pro Bowl appearances, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is practically the mayor of the NFL’s annual all-star game. So when he made some suggestions in recent years, perhaps they carried a bit more weight.

Michael Floyd's DUI Arrest Video Released by TMZ

New England Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested on DUI charges in mid-December and released shortly afterward while still a member of the Arizona Cardinals. TMZ Sports released video of Floyd's arrest Tuesday that showed the wide receiver stopped at a green traffic light and "passed out behind the wheel of his SUV while in traffic."